Estes Park is a town located in Larimer County, Colorado on the Big Thompson River. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 5,413. The town is named after Joel Estes, the first settler in 1859. The town is a popular summer resort and headquarters to the Rocky Mountain National Park.
The town's outskirts include The Stanley Hotel. Once a fine example of Edwardian opulence, the 1906 building had Stephen King as one of its many guests, inspiring him to write the novel The Shining which later became a movie classic. Estes Park is also recognized as the birthplace of the American Credit Union movement.
Trail Ridge Road the highest continuous highway in the United States runs from Estes Park westward through Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching Grand Lake over the continental divide.
Web Sites and Links
Estes ParkChamber of Commerce official site. What to do and where and how to do it. Listings of local activities, dining, lodging, and businesses.
Estes Park Colorado info-SiteInformation and directory including area lodging, recreation, shopping, businesses, weather, maps, Rocky Mountain National Park information and community calendar.
Estes Park ColoradoDirectory of lodging, businesses, and recreational activities.
Estes Park Convention and Visitors BureauA directory of visitor services, businesses, dining and lodging, and calendar of events.
Estes Park On-LineInformation on lodging, community, business links, tourism, and contacts for the Rocky Mountain National Forest area.
Estes Park Virtual Visitors GuideAn armchair tour of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. Site includes calendar of events, information request form, and area links.
Estes-Park.comTravel planner featuring pictures, maps, calendars, online reservations, and lodging availability.
Project VerveA prototype regional Internetwork for local businesses and residents, with area maps, event calendar, and business listings.